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A Million reasons you can have success with FAS(D)

In the arena of Fetal Alcohol there are tons of horror stories of people living with an FASD who have many unsuccessful school experiences. Based on a secondary disability study published by Dr. Anne Streissguth and adapted by Teresa Kellerman, it states “Disrupted School Experience (suspension or expulsion or drop out), was experienced by 43% of children of school age. By the time students

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Flying with Fetal Alcohol

47 years, that’s how long it took until R.J. Formanek officially received his diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Things haven’t always been smooth for R.J. I can only imagine what it must have been like living with organic brain damage and not even knowing it. Despite all the struggles that go along with having a little known, invisible physical disability, R.J. is proof that

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Matthew Pakozdy and FASD

I first met Matt at a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder conference where Matthew and his mother Judy were talking about their experiences as both a caregiver and someone living with Fetal Alcohol. Their presentation was awesome – both humorous and candid. Audience members connected well with Matt and Judy. Matt and I have stayed in touch for the last several years and recently he

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Fetal Alcohol: You’ve got to fight… for your rights!

Human rights, especially caregivers rights, was not something that I paid so much attention to – to be honest… but after my conversation with Dr. Gordon Atherley, host of Family Caregivers Unite!, I believe it’s incumbent upon me to learn more and do more in this area. I’m a newbie when it comes to human rights but Dr. G sure isn’t. Not only does

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From Statistic to Success: My interview with Matt Sinclair

Meet Matt. Matt is an FASD worker in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – he is also living on the spectrum of FASD. In this Candid Convo, Matt talks about his rollercoaster past and how he went from being on the streets, to being married and to now helping other families navigate the choppy waters that is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The goal of these

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Emily Travis: Thriving with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Emily Travis is a speaker, advocate, counselor and not to mention Miss Metropolis. Emily has a busier work load than most people I know but what makes her different, what makes her extraordinary, is that she is doing all of this while living on the spectrum of Fetal Alcohol (FASD). My goal for this interview is to find out what kind of strategies she

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LIVE in Lakeland!

Hey Gang! It’s almost time to hit the road again and my first stop is going to be in Cold Lake, Alberta on June 6th and 7th, 2014. I will be speaking at the Lakeland Center for FASD at their Youth and Service Providers conference. You see, The Lakeland Center is a not-for-profit organization that “provides accurate information about FASD, and effective prevention, diagnosis and

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IF ONLY

By Linda Rosenbaum I’m a wife and mother to our daughter Sarah, and our son Michael, now 26, diagnosed at the age of six with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.I’m also a writer, and for the past several years have been writing Mothering Michael: A Memoir of Adoption, Revelation and Reckoning. While the book chronicles our unique challenges raising Michael, I believe its themes of love,

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Do Children Manipulate Their Parents?

Source: handinhandparenting.org “Silly question!” you might exclaim. “Of course children manipulate their parents! My children do it all the time, and it drives me crazy!” We tend to call it manipulation when a child looks at us, and then proceeds to do something they know is off limits, like dump planter dirt on the carpet, or throw their sister’s toy across the room. We

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